Andrew Place pharmacy Bundoora

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November 3, 2015
by Vu Phan
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Thank you for all your votes.

We are pleased to receive the certificate for being the finalist in the Banyule council Bestbiz Awards. On behalf of our team at the pharmacy, I would like to extend our gratitude to your supports and votes. It is an honour for us to be the only pharmacy to be named as the finalist in our category of Health and Wellbeing.

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September 19, 2013
by Vu Phan
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Springtime – Hay fever, what can I do about it?

Hay-Fever

What is Hay fever?

Hay fever is when you have intermittent allergic rhinitis (or inflammation of the nose). Hay fever is caused by an allergic reaction after exposure to airborne allergens, including pollen and fungal spores.

Did you know that hay fever could affect as many as one in 5 children or young adults and males are more likely than females to suffer?

Most people associate hay fever with springtime, it can appear at any time of the year, depending upon what particular factors trigger it off.

What is the cause of hay fever?

Hay fever is triggered by exposure and sensitisation to airborne allergens (pollens in the air), which induce an allergic reaction. Most people with hay fever are sensitised through repeated exposure to many different pollen species. Once an individual is sensitised, even non-specific triggers or small amounts of allergen can cause a rapid allergic response and severe symptoms.

Pollens of wind-pollinated plants are the predominant triggers.  Pollens that are produced by Northern Hemisphere grasses, tree and flowering weed species tend to be the most troublesome pollens.

Did you know that irritants such as cigarette smoke and paint fumes can exacerbate rather than cause allergic rhinitis?

What are the symptoms of hay fever?

The usual hay fever symptoms are:

  • Nasal itching, sneezing, runny nose
  • Sinus related congestion, post nasal drip, headache
  • Itchy eyes, red or teary eyes- symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis

Less common symptoms include block or painful ears, which may produce hearing difficulty and loss of balance. Some people may have irritating cough due to post-nasal drip.

The symptoms of hay fever are intermittent, lasting for less than four days a week, and tend to worsen with increased exposure to allergens. Symptoms are often more severe in the morning and evening when pollens count are highest, as well as when the whether are hot and humid.

How do I manage or treat hay fever?

Management or treatment of hay fever may involve:

  • Allergen avoidance
  • Over the counter medicines
  • Immunotherapy – desensitisation

Allergen avoidance

Avoiding allergens is only possible if the associated allergen has been identified through allergy testing or repeated exposure. Allergens, such as pollens, are difficult to avoid but you can attempt to reduce exposure by remaining inside and keep all window closed when pollens count are known to be high. When driving in a car, close all windows and use re-circulated air. Shower and wash your hair after outdoor activities. Use a clothes dryer to dry washed bedding as this may reduce exposure to pollen deposits.

Over the counter medicines

The main treatment for hay fever is antihistamines that are available as tablets, syrup, nasal-spray and as eye drops. Antihistamines are effective in suppressing allergic reactions.

For more moderate to severe intermittent allergic rhinitis, and if nasal congestion is a predominant symptoms, intranasal corticosteroids (INCS) are also available. INCS are recommended as a second line therapy for mild hay fever if symptoms are not resolved with antihistamine. They are also safe to use during pregnancy and breast-feeding.

Oral decongestants (e.g. pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine) and nasal decongestants (e.g. oxymetazoline, phenylephrine, tramazoline) may also be used to reduce block nose related to allergic rhinitis.

Our friendly pharmacist can recommend the appropriate treatment of hay fever with over the counter medicines for you.

Immunotherapy-desensitisation

Through simple test such as skin test or blood test, allergens that are responsible for an individual’s allergic reaction can often be identified. It is possible to make mixture of the identified allergens and give tiny amounts in regularly increasing quantities, producing a type of immunity. Consult with your Doctor about immunotherapy.

May 29, 2013
by Vu Phan
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NDSS Sub-Agent

We are pleased to announce that our pharmacy is now a NDSS (National Diabetes Scheme Service) sub-agent. People with diabetes can register with the NDSS through our pharmacy and once registered they can access a range of Government approved products including:

  • subsidised testing strips for checking blood glucose;
  • free insulin syringes and pen-needles (if you require insulin);
  • subsidised insulin pump consumables for eligible Registrants; and
  • urine testing strips.

July 29, 2012
by Vu Phan
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One of the biggest threat to human health this winter!

ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

Antibiotic resistance has been identified as one of the biggest threats to global health by the World Health Organization. It is a major problem for everyone around the world and in Australia. The misuse and inappropriate demand for antibiotics to treat viral infections like coughs and colds are major contributors to this growing threat.

During this winter months, we at Andrew Place pharmacy would like to encourage you, our customers to come into the pharmacy and ask for advice and guidance on becoming a resistance fighter. Come in and chat with our friendly pharmacist and pick up a brochure for practical advice to help you relieve the symptoms of colds, coughs and flu without antibiotics. We will also provide you with a customised management plan so that you can self-manage your colds and flu symptoms.

 

 Simple steps to relieve the colds and flu symptoms

  • Rest may help your immune system to fight the virus
  • Drink something soothing
  • Avoid exposure to cigarette smoke

How to relieve blocked sinuses, clear mucus or dry a runny nose

  • Use salt water (saline) sprays or drops can help clear mucus
  • Inhale steam from a running shower or using a steam vaporiser in the house
  • Decongestant tablets, mixtures, sprays or drops help some adults relieve blocked sinuses (ask our pharmacist if these medicines is appropriate for your condition)
  • Use an ointment to soothe dry or chapped skin around your nose

How to relieve a sore throat or cough

  • Gargle warm salty water
  • Suck on ice or a throat lozenge
  • Common pain relief medicines like paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin can ease the pain of a sore throat. Aspirin is not suitable for children and some adults.

See our earlier post on common cold for when you should see your doctor.

July 5, 2012
by Vu Phan
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Managing asthma in children

Medicines for managing your child’s asthma

  • Do you suffer from asthma?
  • Do you have children with asthma?
  • Did you know that 50% of people living with asthma do not take their medicines as they should?
Please watch the video below:
 
 
 

 Asthma facts

Over 2 million Australians have asthma – about 1 in 10 adults and about 1 in 8 children.

In young children, asthma is one of the most common causes of visits to the doctor and hospital admissions, and the most common reason why children miss school .

More boys than girls have asthma, but after about age 15 it’s more common in women than men.

Around 8% of kids with asthma live with someone who smokes inside the house.

Hospital visits for asthma peak in February and May for children, and in winter for adults.

Managment of asthma is possible

Managing your child’s asthma is possible by using

  • the right medicine
  •  in the correct manner or technique
  •  at the right time
 Understand your child’s asthma medicines is important
 
  • Do you know the differences between a reliever or a preventer medicines?
  • What about inhaler that combine different medicines to relieve, prevent and/or control symptoms?
Proper inhaler technique is vital
  • Poor technique may mean that your child gets little or no medicine where it is required
  • Asthma inhalers are not the easiest thing to use for a child. Therefore a spacer is often recommended (see video below on how to use a spacer). Side effects such as thrust in the mouth and irritation in the throat can be prevented by using a spacer.

Do you know what to do when your child have an asthma attack?

Is your child’s school “asthma friendly”?

Any questions?
  •  Come in and ask our friendly pharmacists.

Kids with Asthma website : http://www.kidswithasthma.com.au/

 
How to use an inhaler and spacer for kids (by National Asthma Council Australia)

 
 

July 1, 2012
by Vu Phan
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What is the difference between a common cold and flu?

Andrew Place pharmacy


THE COMMON COLD

The common cold or acute viral rhinosinusitis is usually caused by a type of virus known as rhinovirus. It may also be cause by other viruses such as coronavirus, respiratory syncytial virus and adenovirus.

What are the symptoms?

  • Onset of symptoms are gradual
  • Scratchy throat
  • Sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion
  • Other symptoms, which may or may not be present are sore throat, headache and cough.

THE FLU

The flu or influenza is also a viral respiratory infection. It is caused by influenza type A and B viruses.

What are the symptoms?

  • Symptoms start abruptly after incubation period of 1 to 4 days
  • Chills
  • Rhinitis (runny nose)
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Body ache and pain
  • Headache
  • These symptoms can be severe and often lead to the person being unable to get out of bed.

How long do colds and flu usually last?

Symptoms of the common cold generally last between 4 and 9 days and in most cases resolve without treatment. Cough may persist for 2 to 3 weeks. While the flu symptoms can be variables. Acute symptoms usually resolve within 2 to 3 days while fever, cough, body ache and pain may persist for several days or even weeks.

Are the common colds and flu contagious?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes! Both the common colds and flu are easily transmitted from person to person via airborne droplets or direct contact by skin or hand contact.

What are the complications?

In most cases the common colds resolve without treatment. However, the common colds can lead to other respiratory tract infections such as acute bacterial rhino sinusitis, bronchitis and pneumonia. Complications are most likely to occur in people with weakened immune systems.

The potential complications of the flu include acute bronchitis, croup, otitis media, myocarditis, and encephalitis, as well as viral or bacterial pneumonia.

Is re-infection possible?

It is unlikely to be re-infected with the same virus as the human immune system should recognise the virus and eliminate it before it has the chance to multiply and cause infection. However, re-infection may be possible if the virus is different or it has been mutated.

WHEN SHOULD I SEE A DOCTOR?

If the colds and flu symptoms persist for longer than 10 days or if any of the following symptoms develop:

  • Chills/fever > 38.5 Celsius
  • Severe headache
  • Photophobia
  • Stiff neck
  • Ear ache
  • Cough lasting for more than 4 weeks
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Yellow, brown, green or blood-stained mucus
  • Muscle ache

Who are in the high-risk group for the influenza?

  • People with one or more chronic medical condition such as diabetes, asthma and cardiovascular disease
  • Immunosuppressed individuals
  • Pregnant women
  • Morbidly obese people
  • Residents of nursing homes
  • Elderly people
  • Infants and young children (less than 5 years)
  • Homeless people
  • Indigenous Australian

How do I avoid getting a cold/flu?

  • Good hygiene practice such as using disposable tissues, covering the mouth and nose during coughing, sneezing and regular hand washing. Although this practice can help reduce the spread of infection, it does not completely prevent transmission of the virus.
  • Using complementary medicines such as vitamin C, echinacea and zinc can help avoid getting the common cold. Herbal medicine such as Sinupret Forte is clinically proven for mild upper respiratory tract infections and sinus pain.
  • For those people in the high-risk group, using influenza vaccination may protect them from being infected with the influenza virus and to reduce the risk of complications from influenza.
  • Health care workers, staff of long-term care facilities, people providing essential service and travellers are recommended to have the influenza vaccination because they have a higher likelihood of transmitting the influenza infection to high-risk individuals.
  • Join the fight against antibiotic resistance:

June 28, 2012
by Vu Phan
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Dose Administration Aid (DAA) service

Andrew Place Pharmacy

Dose Administration Aid (DAA) service

  • Have you ever forgotten to take one of your medicines?
  • Do you accidentally missed dose?
  • Do you sometimes feel confused about which of your medicines should be taking at what time?

Please watch the slide show below:

What are the benefits of a Dose Administration Aid service?

  • Provide a visual reminder to take medicines
  • Seal and secure to prevent spills or mix ups
  • Convenient and portable
  • Allow you to have the right dose at the right time
  • Reduce the stress of you having to manage too many medicines and it saves you time and effort
  • Most importantly you have the professional service from your pharmacist caring for your health.

Please use the Contact tab if you have any questions.

 

June 27, 2012
by Vu Phan
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What is Home Medication Review (HMR) and who should have one?

Andrew Place Pharmacy

What is Home Medication Review – HMR?

  • Are you taking more than 5 medicines daily? or know some one who do, that they would benefit from a HMR?
  • Are you confused on the direction of your medicines?
  • Have you ever been put off taking your medicines because of potential side effects?

Please watch the slide show below:

Please use the Contact tab if you have any questions. Thank you.

 

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